Second Round, Number 40 Overall
The Marlins have their next pick at number 40, their second round choice. After going with a collegiate position player in the first round, the Miami Marlins go with a prep pitcher our of La Mirada HS in California in the second.
Jared Jones is a six-foot-one, 180 lb. right-handed pitcher. Committed to the University of Texas, it’s likely he’ll forgo a collegiate career for the right signing bonus. His three pitch mix is led by a mid- to upper-90s fastball, with an above average slider and a developing changeup. Although a pitcher by trade, Jones can also boast an 80-grade outfield arm. That’s the highest grade there is, by the way.
Jones also has unquestionable baseball pedigree. He has two cousins who have pitched in the major leagues, Ron and Randy Flores, and his dad played two seasons of minor league ball with the Arizona Diamondback organization.
Some observations throughout this article are courtesy of Baseball America’s scouting report. You can check out the original here, but there is a subscription required.
Competitive Round “B”, Number 62 Overall
Sometimes, the Miami Marlins have been known to draft locally. I believe they’ll use their competitive balance pick to choose 18-year-old Alejandro Rosario from Miami Christian HS with their “B” round pick.
Rosario is a six-foot-one, 165 lb. right-handed pitcher with a nifty 97-98 MPH fastball. He also has a slider and a split-change which hover in the 81 MPH range, but scouts have questions about his bat-missing ability.